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‘Forensic Breakthrough’ Leads to Potential Suspect in 40-Year-Old Irish Massacre

The Kingsmill massacre, the execution of 10 unarmed men, is one of the most infamous attacks from the violent era of the ‘Troubles’ in...

3,000-year-old fingerprints found on ancient Egyptian coffin lid

Researchers at Cambridge Fitzwilliam Museum in the UK have found 3,000-year old fingerprints on the lid of an Egyptian coffin. "The fingerprints were left by craftsmen who...

Researchers to uncover forensic secrets of Britain’s historic wax seals

Modern forensic analysis will be paired with detailed historical research to reveal new insights into medieval British society hidden within the wax seals of...

Forensics in History: Skeletons Shed New Light on Black Death

It was a typical start to the re-examination of a cold but controversial case.  Twenty-five skeletons were discovered during a construction project in London,...

Murder at the museum: death and decay go on display

Photographs showing the gradual decomposition of human bodies, a scene-of-the-crime sketch of one of Jack the Ripper’s murders and an hour-long sound recording of...

10 Murderers Who Changed How We Investigate Murder

Ever since we realized that catching a malefactor wasn't as simple as throwing them in the water to see if they floated, we had...

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Trees and shrubs might reveal the location of decomposing bodies

Plants could help investigators find dead bodies. Botanists believe the sudden flush of nutrients into the soil from decomposition may affect nearby foliage. If...

Are Detectives discounting the associative value of fingerprints that fall short of an identification in their investigations?

Every day, Fingerprint Experts in every latent office across the globe examine fingermarks that they determine to fall short of an identification....

Using the NCIC Bayesian Network to improve your AFIS searches

This National Crime Information Centre (NCIC) Bayesian network is based on the statistical data of general patterns of fingerprints on the hands...

DNA decontamination of fingerprint brushes

Using fingerprint brushes across multiple crime scenes yields a high risk of DNA cross-contamination. Thankfully an Australian study has discovered a quick and easy way to safely decontaminate fingerprint brushes to prevent this contamination risk and allows the brushes to be safely reused even after multiple cleaning cycles.

Detection of latent fingerprint hidden beneath adhesive tape by optical coherence tomography

Adhesive tape is a common item which can be encountered in criminal cases involving rape, murder, kidnapping and explosives. It is often the case...
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